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Ok, this is the prob. 96 My 2.0 Eco is Abbott modified so puts out about 65 hp/50lbft over standard.

Drives great - usually. But if I floor it in 2nd or above, all that happens is the revs rise to 2,500, then spin wildly around to red line. Travel on the pedal seems a bit light in that it bites very close to top.

Changed master hose following recent mishap where clutch pedal suddenly went to the floor.

I'm assuming it's not the gearbox, because as long as I don't floor it then eventually the revs will gently roll up past 2,5000 smoothly to max, & there's no nasty whining or other audible signs of gearbox failure nor any difficulty in changing gears. But anything over part open throttle sends the rpm spinning round and this is a wee bit irritating, 'cos unless I baby it then the revs just spin and I get nowhere fast. Also makes overtaking bl**dy dangerous.

Have I cooked the clutch I've not had this happen to me before. If so, how much to fix ?

Any help gratefuly received as I've a trip home to Scotland again on 9th Sept, so need to fix it before then {edited for cr*p spelling}
 

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Sounds like the clutch. What happens if you drive up a steep hill in too high a gear. If it slips then it's almost certainly the clutch.

How many miles on the clutch?

If it's been changed, did you change the whole unit including the springs or just the plate?

I think Fawlty had clutch slip after an upgrade.
 

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Yeah that does sound like a clutch problem. One good sign being that the clutch does not grab until nearly full release, and that it spins to redline at around 2500. This is when a modded Saab like yours is probably coming onto max torque. Which is when the clutch is under the most strain (besides hard starting from a dead stop) and it when it will be most likely to slip. Once it does slip it will spin wildly to redline because the coefficient of friction once the two pieces are moving against eachother is much lower than when they aren't. Just buy a tougher clutch plate and disk next time. Getting a nice upgrade from Abbott, or a clutch from a Viggen or Aero should easily handle the torque and hp. Good luck with it!!
 

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I would review the procedures you used for replacing your master line. I believe checking to see if you've properly bled your hydraulic clutch system properly might be where to start. Seems to be directly attributed to your having to replace the line.

You should notice a distinctive smell associated with burning up a clutch..., if you did indeed do so. Unusual, but the pressure plate might be faulty..., but even if something like that, I would replace everything all at once.
 

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There was a distinctly whiffy smell - though not constantly - but I haven't tried running it up the hill yet.

Car's only got 73k on it (bought with 64k on) and got abbottised about 7k back. Oh well, off out now to get it checked out and will post the outcome later.

Thanks for the quick reply guys - it's appreciated as always.
 

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The only thing I can think of that would link it to the hose is if some bit of rubber was stuck in the pipe and partly blocking it. Acting as a non-return valve.

I read that the inner rubber lining of the hose can decompose and break up. So it's a possibility. But an outside one. I would still put my money on a worn clutch plate or tired/broken springs.
 

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It was definately the clutch itself. Gently drove it to my local specialist - about 10 miles from me - and I reckon I had about two gearchanges left on it by the time I got there - almost no travel left, stank like no-ones buisiness.

More money following recent tensioner failure stranding me in Glasgow and 4 new tyres plus a "flexi" joint for the exhaust . This'd better be all for the time being or I'm going to be a tad irritable...
 

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Could you DIY ? In fact, it could be a lot less expensive. Have a look at eeuroparts.comThere are clutch kits not so expensive.Hope that helps !
Laurent
 

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Err, I'm a bit cr*p at the DIY Laurent - you ought to see the shelves in my bathroom. Mais merci beaucoup pour votre (whatever "suggestion" is in French - must dig out the dictionary).

Got the final bill in which was well over £300 - because when the transmission came off the slave cylinder was also on it's last legs.... Still, new clutch, slave, master hose, job done so should last a while now. I can get on now with wearing out the 4 new tires I had to stick on 2 weeks ago with plenty of
now the clutch is sorted. That should wipe out the and give rise to plenty of , at least until the bank statement hits the mat
 
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